Pinterest in Real Life

Homemade Dryer Sheets::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I've been on a mission to work on my Pinterest marketing. It's one of my biggest referrers to my blog, yet I usually spend the least amount of time on it. That's silly, right? Anyway, since I've been over there, pinning away, I decided that maybe I should start actually DOING some of the tutorials I pin. Maybe even actually COOK some of the recipes. Innovative, right? To keep myself accountable, I will share my results when I actually use Pinterest ideas in REAL LIFE!

My first real life experiment was to make DIY Dryer Sheets-tutorial by View from the Fridge from my Homemade Cleaners pinboard. I don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets. They are made for the environment and bad for my machine. I was using wool balls in my dryer, which worked well, but I was kind of intrigued by the dryer sheet idea. It totally works! My laundry came out soft and had a faint, natural, lavender smell (the essential oil I used). It was easy to make too. Since I regularly use vinegar and essential oils to clean, I already had everything I needed. Right now, I'm combining the wool balls and the dryer sheet method. I like that the balls help my laundry dry faster and I like the way the dryer sheets actually make my clothes softer. Try it! You'll like it.

Picnic Calzones Recipe

Picnic Calzones Recipe::LauraBrayDesigns.com

(A recent picnic.) When I was a little girl, my parents made a huge effort to take us on day trips every weekend. There were six of us, so that weren't fancy day trips. They were usually a drive into our local mountains for a hike or a trip to the beach. (That's me, totallyContinue Reading

Summers and Bedsheets

Make a set of summer sheets with Laura Bray

What is it about summer and sheets? Am I the only one who has strong, summer, childhood memories about bedsheets? We spent a week every summer at my grandparent's house in Ohio. Hot, humid nights. With Raggedy Ann sheets. Sheets that were so incredibly soft due to my grandmother's intense washing regimen. Sheets that smelledContinue Reading

Summer is for Reading

Summer is for Reading with Laura Bray Designs

Summer is for reading, isn't it? And for libraries. I remember my childhood library in Mentor, Ohio. There was a bay window with a cushioned seat. I remember sitting there, and reading and watching a storm roll in and seeing my mom pull up in her big, black suburban and rushing in to fetch meContinue Reading

Girls Who Plan are Girls Who Rule

Creative Planner

One thing most people who know me best will tell you about me is that I'm VERY organized and focused. I've always been that way. The oldest child of four, I was managing people and my schedule at a very young age. And I really, really like it. So can you imagine how excited IContinue Reading

Fork It Over Blog Hop

Fork it Over Fabric Hot Pad by Laura Bray Designs

I'm so excited to host a super fun and inspiring blog hop, featuring my new fabric design, Fork It Over. I gathered a bunch of my very talented crafty friends and asked them to make some fun projects using my Spoonflower fabric. The projects they came up with just warmed my heart. It's amazing toContinue Reading

Fork it Over Blog Hop: Doll Aprons

Doll Apron Close-up

I'm so excited to be hosting a really fun blog hop on Monday that features my new Spoonflower fabric, Fork It Over. For my project, I created some really cute doll aprons for my daughter's dolls. She got the new American Girl baking set for Easter and, of course, her dolls needed aprons. I thinkContinue Reading

Process Journal

Keeping a Creative Process Journal::www.laurabraydesigns.com

Lately, I've been keeping a process journal for all my projects. Whether painting, crafting, or writing, I record my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the project. This is beyond a sketchbook in that I am doing a lot of writing. When I'm frustrated or come across a problem, I write about it in my processContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: Favorite Creative Books

Favorite Creativity Books for Kids: LauraBrayDesigns.com

Ready for some more motherly advice? Last week, I shared some of my favorite child-rearing books, this week I wanted to share some recommendations for my favorite craft books. All of these books have wonderful advice for introducing creativity into your family's life. Creativity has been one of the most important ways my daughter andContinue Reading

Free Printable: Mason Jar Labels

Free Printable Mason Jar Lid Labels:: www.laurabraydesigns.com

I'm so excited to be a guest blogger over The Country Chic Cottage today. I'm sharing how I use mason jars as part of Meal Planning process. To celebrate, I thought I would whip-up some cute jar labels for you. You can print them out on regular paper, cut them out and slip them ontoContinue Reading